Michael Simmons

My Venues

Accolades

  • Chefs to Watch
    Time Out Chicago
  • ChefsFeed Winner
    One of the Best Things to Eat in Chicago

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Seasonal vegetables
Seasonal vegetables
$$, Wine Bar, American, New American, Humboldt Park
"Rootstook has always been a go-to for late night bites and a great glass of wine. Now with Chef Simmons at the helm, the food at this cozy wine bar has been taken to a new level. Obviously the burger is fantastic, but his "raw" no fuss approach to seasonal vegetables is extraordinary, whether it be his roasted carrots with pickled turmeric or his grilled in-shell fava beans with preserved lemon."
Charcuterie platter
Charcuterie platter
$$, Wine Bar, American, New American, Humboldt Park
"The nicest way to start a night out is with this tiny wine bar's selection of cheeses, charcuterie, and of course, wine. Make sure to try the pig's ear terrine, rabbit rillette, and tangy Sofia goat cheese."
Hanger steak
Hanger steak
$$, Wine Bar, American, New American, Humboldt Park
"Chef Duncan has a musical, balanced, assured way with everything he cooks, including this protein that he likes to feature in different preparations. All his steak dishes (and I've had several) hit all five tastes in this kind of harmony that's pretty, satisfying, and light, while not being precious at all."
Charcuterie platter
Charcuterie platter
$$, Wine Bar, American, New American, Humboldt Park
"Housemade rabbit rillettes, chicken liver mousse, Benton's country ham, proscuitto and bresaola. But what really sets the dish apart is the housemade pickles, lavender-scented honeyed pecans and mustards. All that, and carefully chosen wines served by a knowledgeable staff. This is by far my favorite wine bar in the city."